Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Dead 7 (2016)

Director: Danny Roew

Writer: Sawyer Perry (Screenplay) Nick Carter (Story)

Starring: Nick Carter, Carrie Keagan, Joey Fatone, Jeff Timmons, AJ McLean, Erik-Michael Estrada, Howie Dorough

 

Plot: A post-apocalyptic Western that follows a group of gunslingers as they look to rid a small town of a zombie plague. Starring Nick CarterCarrie KeaganJoey Fatone and A.J. McLean.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple, Easy to Watch Horror Comedy

 

Story: Dead 7 starts in a world where the dead have taken over, the mysterious Apocolypta (Wilson) offers survivors two choices, learn the weapons to fight the undead or become one of the undead. In the battle against the good is Apocolypta’s solider Johnny Vermillion (McLean) who leads the undead into terrorising towns but this is about to change.

Looking to stop the reign of terror of Apocolypta are Jack (Carter), Billy (Timmons), Daisy Jane (Keagan), Whiskey Joe (Fatone), The Vaquero (Horough), Komodo (Estrada) and Sirene (Carter) hired by Sheriff Cooper and Mayor Shelby to take her and her men out for good.

 

Thoughts on Dead 7

 

Characters/PerformanceJack is the reluctant hero, Daisy Jane will fight for what she believes in, Whiskey Joe likes his rinks but just as deadly in a fight. Billy is looking to come out of the shadow of his brother with Komodo being a slightly assassin, Vaquero is the deadly shot and Sirene is the mystic guide. They make for our Dead 7 while on the other side of the fence is Apocolypta the evil witch figure controlling the zombies or copperheads and her lead henchman Johnny Vermillion doing anything to impress her.

Performance wise, this isn’t a film for the acting being amazing, it is all about the guys from the bands having a great time making a zombie comedy and they all look like they enjoyed it.

StoryA zombie comedy parody of one of the most iconic films ever made, why not? Ok this does get to give the actors a chance to have a lot of fun, the story is easy to follow, a group of gunslingers must fight for honour to bring down a ruthless leader, each with their own motivations. It is fun and easy to enjoy throughout.

Comedy/Horror/Western The comedy works in places, which mostly makes light of what is going on, with the horror being your standard zombie elements. The western feel does work well through the film too.

SettingsHaving the film set in what is a western world once it had all ended does make us enjoy what is going through the film.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all very low budget and you can tell when they are being used.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of those movies you go into knowing it isn’t going to be great and can fully enjoy because of this.

 

Overall: Enjoyable Horror Comedy

Rating

 

 

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The Blob (1958)

Director: Irvin S Yeaworth Jr, Russel S Doughten

Writer: Theodoree Simonson, Kay Linaker (Screenplay) Irvine H Millgate (Original Idea)

Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase, John Benson, George Karas, Lee Payton

 

Plot: An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Slow Builder Horror

 

Story: The Blob starts when Steve Andrews (McQueen) is on his date with Jane (Corsaut) they witness something crash into the ground near them, investigating they find an old man who has found the collision which has a goo like substance inside.

As the goo grows is consumes the man the doctor also vanishes giving the police LT Dave (Rowe) a problem on his hands. Steve and Jane works with other kids in the town as they look to find the answers as the goo that has now turned into a mass blob is growing and consuming the neighbourhood.

 

Thoughts on The Blob

 

Characters/PerformanceSteve is the neighbourhood bad boy with a heart of gold, his night of romance is ruined when a strange blob starts consuming the town and he must convince the town that this is real but his reputation doesn’t do him any favours. Jane is your generic girlfriend love interest character, whose job is to put on a happy face and scream, I know that sounds shallow but that is all she does. LT Dave is a good officer willing to believes the kids are good just as long as they don’t hurt anyone.

Performance wise Steve McQueen shows that he was always going to be a big star carrying this film with his performance with the rest of cast all feeling like they were made for this style of film.

StoryThe idea that something came from space is the great idea for horror as for the time we knew the paranoia around at the time. There isn’t too much to the story as the events all happen over the one night and it almost plays into the idea of don’t cry wolf at times.

Horror/Sci-FiWhen you look at the horror side of this film we get to see the unknown invading with no real answers, the sci-fi side comes from the idea this has come from space.

SettingsThe film is set all in one town, which improves the horror side of the movie as we see how the people panic about what is happening.

Special EffectsLooking at the special effects that were great for the time and budget.

Final ThoughtsThis is a classic in the horror genre that should be watched by all the people wanting to make a difference in horror.

 

Overall: A classic in the genre that is a must watch.

Rating

 

 

Award-winning suspense thriller “B&B” announces US, Canada and UK release dates.

Award-winning suspense thriller “B&B”

B&B

announces US, Canada and UK release dates. 

US: October 13th

UK/CANADA: October 17th

(London, UK) – October 10th, 2017. Award-winning suspense thriller B&B, written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Joe Ahearne (Trance, The Replacement, Doctor Who) and produced by Jayne Chard (Dartmoor KillingI’ll Tell You), is set to be released this month in the US, Canada and UK. Peccadillo Pictures represents the film in the UK while US and Canada distribution is executed by Breaking Glass Pictures.

 

US / CANADA

Theatrical Release date: October 13th at Cinema Village in New York, NY.

VOD and DVD Release date in the US & Canada: October 17th.

VOD Platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Xbox, and through Shaw and other local cable providers.

 

UK

Theatrical Release dates: from October 17th at Hampstead Everyman Cinema in London. A Q&A with writer-director Joe Ahearne and actor Paul McGann will be held during the opening screening on October 17th.

DVD and VOD Release date in the UK: October 23rd.

VOD Platforms: iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Sky Store.

 

Moreover, the film that The Hollywood Outsider calls “A Thriller Hitchcock Would Be Proud Of” and that Cryptic Rock rated with 4 Stars, has recently won three awards at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego:

 

          Best Director of a Feature Film: Joe Ahearne – B&B

          Best Actor in a Feature Film: Paul McGann – B&B

          Best Score in a Feature Film: Simon Birch and Dan Jones – B&B

 

B&B had previously won Best LGBT Feature at the London Independent Film Festival.

Marc (Tom Bateman) and Fred (Sean Teale) return to bait the owner (Paul McGann) of a remote Christian B&B who they had successfully sued him for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest arrives, who they think might have something sinister in mind. A smart, brutally funny and dark thriller.

Fantasy Film Casting – Seven

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2017, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie.

Film: Seven

Original Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow

New Cast: Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Tessa Thompson, Jared Leto

Why I have picked this star:

Somerset – Morgan Freeman – Liam Neeson

Somerset is the experience detective on the verge of retirement, he narrates the film but remains calm during any crime scenes as he searches for answers, you need an experienced actor in the lead role and in the 90’s Freeman was the go to man. Now Neeson is taking stranger roles but has always been calm in his delivery. It would be nice to see Neeson get back into serious roles which he hasn’t done many of in recent years with Silence being the only major one.

Mills – Brad Pitt – Channing Tatum

Mills is the hot-headed rookie detective new to the area being forced into working with Somerset which is designed to help him learn the streets. He is recent married to his sweet heart too. When Brad Pitt took this role he was trying to shake the pretty boy reputation and here he proved that he was a great actor. Channing Tatum is following a similar path, he has been taking risks Foxcatcher and even his small role in The Hateful Eight. This role could be the one that makes him break away for good.

Tracy – Gwyneth Paltrow – Tessa Thompson

Tracy is the wife of Mills, she is lonely in the new city and only turns to Somerset for ideas and a friend with the big secret about her pregnancy. We don’t learn too much from her and we do this character written stronger. Paltrow was one of the popular names at the time and worked for this role. Tessa Thompson has been making a name for herself for a while now Creed broke her into mainstream as the supportive partner and written stronger Thompson could steal the movie.

John Doe – Kevin Spacey – Jared Leto

John Doe is the killer that has been planning the murders for over a year. Kevin Spacey shocked the world with his performance and we all know this is most likely the hardest to pick a name for because there are a lot of actors that could play this psychotic, I had a couple of names Ryan Gosling being my second choice. I did go with Jared Leto because when he plays weird or crazy he shines when he doesn’t have to be a leading character, his Joker was different, Niander Wallace likewise, this guy can play creepy whenever he wants and this role he would relish.

How will this change the film: In all honesty I wouldn’t be changing too much with the film, the only change would be to make Tracy a stronger character.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

Disclaimer – This is just for fun and playing into the idea this film was to be released in 2017, this isn’t supporting remakes but just imagining this was a new film.